Moving to Tenerife

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain.

Once you have made that decision to sell up and move to Tenerife you will probably be wondering ´where do I start´, ´what do we need to take with us´, what don’t we need to take with us´, ´how much money will we need´, and ´how do we get the best exchange rates´. You will find our own book "Relocate Tenerife - The Right Choice? " an invaluable asset.

First things first, if you have a property to sell before you can relocate to Tenerife put it up for sale and have a good clear out. Car boot sales are a great way of turning unwanted items around the home into cash, especially children’s toys they no longer play with and clothes they have grown out of. Have a good clearout of everyone’s clothes as you won’t be needing those thick woolly jumpers once you move to Tenerife.

You may be wondering whether its worth having all, or some of your household items shipped over. If you intend to buy property in Tenerife before or shortly after you relocate to Tenerife then it is certainly worth considering. Putting your furniture etc in storage in the UK may be costly in the long term, so its worth weighing up the costs before making a final decision.

Young children adapt very quickly to new surroundings but it would be wise to let them bring a few of their favourite toys to help them settle.

It is really important that you bring with you Birth Certificates for each member of the family, Marriage Certificate, (Divorce Certificate if applicable), passports, and any other personal documentation that is important to you or may be required once you have relocated to Tenerife. If you have children who need to attend school in Tenerife you will need all their school reports and at least their last year’s school work. You don't need a certificate of good conduct in order to relocate to Tenerife.

Don’t forget, you will need to cancel bills such as contents and building insurance polices, TV licence, gas and electric and any other bills that you will no longer need to pay in the UK once you have relocated to Tenerife.

What do you do with the car? You could choose to sell it, or you could bring it with you. Having a car shipped to Tenerife is a relatively straightforward process however you should also look at the costs involved. The costs will vary depending on the age of the car, so it is worth seeking professional advice on this matter.

There is little point in applying for work in Tenerife while you are still in the UK. Employers won’t take you seriously, but it does no harm to look on the internet at what jobs are available on the island. Jobs are varied and although there is a lot of bar work and waiter/waitressing jobs, there are other jobs that don’t necessarily require you to speak Spanish although a little knowledge of the language can help.

If you want to run your own business in Tenerife there are different ways in which this can be achieved. The simplest of these is to be autonomo´ which is similar to the sole trader status in the UK. If you work for yourself it is you who is responsible for paying your tax and social security. Social security payments are currently 249.18€ per month.

If you choose to be self-employed it is strongly recommended that you employ the services of a reputable Gestor, who will be able to advise you on the options that are available and to oversee the legal paperwork required, including your business accounts and tax liabilities.

If you have school age children and want them to continue in an English education there are several schools to choose from, it is recommended that you make contact with the schools before you relocate to find out whether they have places available and the cost.

Whether you send your children to an English language school or Spanish school the following documents will be required before admission:

Birth Certificate
School Reports
Medical Vaccination Card
Photographs of each child
A full Birth Certificate showing the fathers name

Spanish schools may request that all documents are translated into Spanish.

Here are some good reasons why people move to Tenerife:

The relaxed way of life in Tenerife helps to diminish the stresses and strains of a hectic lifestyle and the warm weather soon relieves the aches and pains brought on by damp weather.

Tenerife is situated just off the coast of Africa and so enjoys warm temperatures throughout the year, so while your friends and family back in the UK are snuggled in front of the fire throughout the winter you will be enjoying the sunshine and relaxing on the terrace in the evenings, enjoying a drink with new friends.

The cost of living in Tenerife is lower than in the UK. Mortgage rates are lower; petrol is cheaper as is tobacco and alcohol and often there are no heating costs. A weeks shopping for a family of four at the local Spanish supermarket costs less than in the UK.

Tenerife is only a 4 hour flight from the UK; with low cost airlines providing regular flights to and from the UK you can book a flight today and be back in the UK tomorrow (if you really want to!!).

If you really can’t live without British TV, there are several companies on the island who offer packages at very reasonable prices so no need to worry about missing your favourite soaps. British newspapers and magazines are also available.

For complete information about living and working in Tenerife, please take a look here.